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Two Americans charged in Portland ganja bust

Saturday, April 27, 2013 | 9:53 AM    

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PORT ANTONIO, Portland - Two Americans are now in police custody charged with taking steps to export ganja among other offences after the Portland police hauled in 453 pounds of the weed earlier this week at the Port Antonio Marina.

The two men, charged Friday evening, are Alberto Torres a 58-year-old retiree of Florida and 47-year-old Bootan ‘Bobbie’ Herndon, also of a Florida address.

On Monday April 22 at about 3:00am the Port Antonio police found 453 pounds of compressed ganja in bags, sealed and packaged apparently for export, concealed in mangroves at the Errol Flynn Marina.

Investigations led to a yacht that was docked in the Marina with two men aboard. A dinghy and a canoe in the vicinity were also confiscated by the police.

One of the occupants of the yacht eluded the police while the other was taken into custody. The missing man was later handed over to the police after reporting to the US Embassy, allegedly stating that his passport was lost. The police reportedly found the passport in the dingy.

After questioning, police slapped the men with charges of possession of and dealing in ganja while Herndon was further charged with taking steps to export and conspiracy to export ganja.

Both men are to face the Port Antonio RM court on Wednesday May 1 to answer to the charges.

-  Everard Owen

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